Project information

Bereavement support for young people in Birmingham

The project will improve the mental health and emotional resilience of bereaved young people By:
-Launch on-line support service locally for bereaved young people .
- Increase the level of support for children in schools/colleges
- Extend group support to children in Sandwell who have no provision

Approximately 1 year to set up

Charity information: Cruse Bereavement Care- Birmingham Area

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  • Need

    Need

    Birmingham City Council reduced spending on Child and Adolescent Mental Health from £2.3 million in 2010/2011 to £125,000 in 2014/2015. This reduction is increasing the pressure on children’s mental health services in Birmingham. Also, because of deprivation there is a lower than average life expectancy and more long term health issues. It is more likely that children in Birmingham will experience bereavement at younger ages.
    This puts pressure on our poorly funded bereavement service.

    Solution

    •On-line support- The immediacy of the support will reduce the escalation of mental health distress.
    - Increasing our work with schools will enable additional 5 schools to access early bereavement support.
    -Family Therapy- Our allotment project will encourage positive communication within families thus reducing conflict and foster optimism and self belief.
    Research shows cost savings for education and health budgets where bereavement support has been provided for children and families

  • Aims

    Aim 1

     Launch an on-line support service locally for bereaved young people

    Activities

    » Our Youth Worker will undertake an “Online therapy” training course which will provide her with the skills to offer appropriate bereavement support

    Approximately 200 young people will report improvements in their emotional wellbeing through use of all our services.


    Aim 2

    •Increase the level of support for children in schools/colleges

    Activities

    » Employing our Youth Worker for an extra day per week will provide an increased level of counselling support within the school/college environment

    • Increasing our work with schools will enable additional 5 schools to access early bereavement support.


    Aim 3

    Family Group will be open to families in Sandwell who currently have no provision

    Activities

    » As before, by employing our youth worker an extra day, we can open up our service to families in Sandwell

    Our project will encourage positive communication within families thus reducing conflict and foster optimism and self belief.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Investment in our service will positively influence the outcomes and future of Birmingham and Sandwell’s vulnerable children and families. Failing to invest in a comprehensive bereavement support service are significant. Unresolved grief brings problems in later life. Early intervention with bereavement support can reduce the need for medical, educational and social service intervention.

    Risk

    - Lack of fundinfg- We are applying to a wider range of sources to fund our work.
    - Lack of volunteers, to provide much of the bereavement support. We are running our next volunteer training course in the Autumn of this year
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    Reporting

    Every year we deliver an " Annual Review" publication where we review our service and highlight areas of achievement and learning points. We also hold an Annual Business Meeting where we invite supporters and interested parties to hear more about our work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,266

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,420 Salary Youth workers salary for 3 days per week
      £2,640 RRent and supervision Meeting room for Family Group Meetings
      £2,800 Training Online course and CPD for volunteers.
      £3,600 Resources Allotment and monthly meeting resources
      £14,806 Core Costs 14% of our core costs+vol expenses
  • Background

    Location

    Birmingham and surrounding areas

    Beneficiaries

    Birmingham has a population of around 1.1million and was ranked as the third most deprived Core City in the 2010 Indices of Deprivation. Around 32% (77,500) children live in poverty, and the health of Birmingham residents is below the England Average.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Nationally Cruse supports more bereaved children than any other organisation which means we have a wealth of experience, good practice and training to draw on. Cruse Bereavement Care, Birmingham is one of the busiest branches of the Cruse network and was launched in 1977, (charity no- 208078).
    Last year we supported over 900 clients, 130 of them aged 25 years or under.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jaeda Goodmman- Youth Worker

    Jaeda brings a breadth of experience and qualifications. She has worked with children of all ages and adults for over a decade